How Long Does Oxycodone Stay In Your System?

Oxycodone is a potent prescription medication that alters how your brain responds to pain, says WebMD. From the class of drugs known as opioid analgesics, oxycodone is used to manage moderate pain but is also frequently used for chronic pain conditions, including cancer-related pain. Your doctor may also prescribe it for severe pain that is not adequately controlled by other pain-relieving medications, says Oxycodone

Oxycodone is available in various formulations, including immediate-release tablets, extended-release tablets, and capsules, and is often combined with other analgesic agents such as acetaminophen or aspirin. The typical starting dose for adults for acute pain is 5-15 mg every 4-6 hours as needed for pain, not exceeding 80 mg per day. The onset of action for the immediate-release oxycodone is typically around 10-30 minutes and lasts around 3-6 hours. On the other hand, the extended-release formulations have an onset of action of around 1 hour and can provide pain relief for up to 12 hours.

Please note that the duration of pain relief is an estimate only, and may be influenced by the severity of the pain and your individual response to the medication. Furthermore, this duration should not be used as a guide for dosing frequency. It's always best to use oxycodone only under your doctor's supervision and follow the recommended dosage and duration of treatment.

Oxycodone can be detected in your system days after you take it

The length of time that oxycodone stays in your system can vary from person to person depending on factors such as genetics, liver function, and other health conditions, per MSD Manuals. The liver plays a critical role in drug metabolism, which is the process by which the body breaks down and eliminates medications from the body. The liver has various enzymes that are responsible for metabolizing drugs, including cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. The enzymes control how fast drugs are broken down and eliminated from the body, says News Medical.

In general, oxycodone can be detected in urine, blood, and saliva for up to three days after the last dose, says Healthline. In some cases, oxycodone can be detected in saliva for up to four days or longer. If a hair test is given, oxycodone may be detected for up to 90 days after the last dose.

It is important to note that the duration of detection may vary depending on the type of drug test used, as well as the sensitivity and accuracy of the test. If you have concerns about oxycodone use or drug testing, it's best to speak to your doctor. They can provide more detailed information about the length of time that oxycodone stays in your system and any other factors that may affect drug testing results.

Side effects of oxycodone

No doubt, oxycodone is highly effective in managing pain; however, like other opioids, oxycodone can cause a range of side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. The drug can also be highly addictive, leading to physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction with prolonged use, says the Addiction Center. It is also associated with a high risk of overdose, especially when used in combination with other drugs or alcohol, per Guardian Recovery Network. Therefore, it is crucial to use oxycodone only as prescribed, and to avoid drinking alcohol, driving, or operating heavy machinery while taking the medication. Also, note that you should never abruptly stop taking oxycodone without consulting your doctor, as this can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, anxiety, and insomnia. If you and your doctor decide it's best for you to discontinue the medication, your doctor can develop a plan to taper the dose to minimize the risk of withdrawal symptoms.

Generally speaking, the use of opioids, like oxycodone, has become a significant public health concern in recent years due to their potential for abuse, addiction, and overdose. In response, strategies have been implemented to reduce the use of opioids. Despite these efforts, the misuse and abuse of opioids continue to be a significant challenge. In 2021 alone, there was a reported 16,706 prescription opioid-related deaths in the U.S., per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These numbers highlight the need for ongoing research, education, and intervention to address this complex issue.

If you or anyone you know needs help with addiction issues, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or contact SAMHSA's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).